Category Archives: What’s on OCTOBER 2019

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Local writer’s play being performed in Paisley

Following a successful Scottish tour in spring 2018, The Occasion Theatre’s The Monster and Mary Shelley, written by Stewart Ennis, will return this autumn for a UK tour.

The Monster and Mary Shelley is an outlandish trip through the mind of one of literature’s most influential imaginations.

On a sun-less day at their villa in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenges his guests Percy and Mary Shelley to each write a ghost story. Two days later Mary, 18 years old and having recently watched her premature baby die, has a ‘waking dream’ and begins to write a story that will haunt and define her for the rest of her life.

Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing contemporary cinematic score, The Monster and Mary Shelley is an atmospheric, moving, and darkly comic exploration of fear and the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.

The show is directed by The Occasion Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director Peter Clerke, written by Stewart Ennis and performed by Catherine Gillard.

Stewart hails from Bridge of Weir. His very first job on leaving Linwood High school in the late 70s was a trainee journalist on the Paisley Gazette.  He’s also an ex RAI nurse. A career as an actor followed, primarily in theatre, but some may know him from his recurring role as Cllr McVitie in Still Game. Stewart also recently published his debut novel Blessed Assurance which refers to fictionalised versions of Paisley and Bridge of Weir.

Peter studied at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris and was a founder member and Co-Artistic Director of benchtours (1991 – 2009), directing or performing in all of their productions. He was also Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Lung Ha’s and spent five years at Edinburgh’s Theatre Workshop. From 2009 – 2015 he was the Artistic Director of Blue Apple Theatre, Winchester, one of Southwest England’s leading learning disability arts organisations.

Peter Clerke, director of The Monster and Mary Shelley said:

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to re-tour this hugely enjoyable show, both to more venues across Scotland and, with the support from ACE, to break new ground in England.

 Never far from controversy, Shelley, throughout her lifetime, was at the forefront of social change in a turbulent world. Her exploration of fear, in the form of Frankenstein’s Monster, spawned a whole genre of fiction and continues to hold a massive relevance in the present day. We very much look forward to introducing The Monster and Mary Shelley to new audiences across the UK.”

Catherine Gillard plays Mary Shelley. Catherine studied at Sydney Acting School and the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. She was a founder member and Co-Artistic Director of benchtours (1991 – 2009). Recent projects include Kill Me Now (Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre/Philadelphia Live Arts Festival), Apocalypse, The Taking of Zena Charbonne and YOU ARE HERE! (The Occasion.)

Richard Williams composes. Set and costume design is by Ali MacLaurin with lighting design by Paul Froy.

The Monster and Mary Shelley will play Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley on Thursday 24 October. For further information and to book tickets, please visit www.renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com

 

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Giffnock Theatre Players present The Matchmaker

Giffnock Theatre Players upcoming production The Matchmaker is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre in just a few weeks.

The Matchmaker is a farce that sees a rich widower, Vandergelder, wanting to re-marry for convenience. His niece wants to marry for true love, but Vandergelder won’t allow it. Vandergelder’s assistant is looking for excitement rather than romance. Along comes The Matchmaker, Dolly, to sort it all out… but whilst pretending to help Vandergelder find a bride, she plans to marry him herself!

In 1964, songs were added to this classic comedy and it was re-named “Hello Dolly!” – “The Matchmaker” has the same plot, characters and laughs as it’s musical counterpart, but now you can see the original Dolly working her magic!

“Loud, slap dash and uproarious … extraordinarily original and funny.” – The New York Times

“One of the sweetest and smartest romantic farces ever written.” – The Wall Street Journal

The Matchmaker runs at Eastwood Park Theatre, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, G46 6UG in Glasgow’s Southside from 16th to 19th October 2019 at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 19th.

Tickets are £15 (£13 concessions available) and may be purchased by phoning 07518 201 756 or 0141 577 4956, or by emailing tickets-gtp@hotmail.co.uk or online at www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice (online booking fee applies). Also available at the theatre’s box office.

For further information and for all the latest news from Giffnock Theatre Players, please visit their website at www.giffnocktheatreplayers.com. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/giffnockplayers, or on Twitter at twitter.com/giffnockplayers .

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Bodies of Water – an immersive performance experience

Bodies of Water is a playful, multi-sensory performance experience weaving together movement, choreography, water, objects and sound. We encounter water in our everyday lives – through our bodies and environment. We invite you to immerse yourselves in a unique performance experience, as we explore and celebrate this transformative element that connects all living things.

 

Bodies of Water is a collaborative, interdisciplinary and experimental performance project initiated by Glasgow-based choreographer/performer Saffy Setohy in 2018 in response to BRAW, a project by The Touring Network. Made and performed by a collective of artists including Aya Kobayashi choreographer/performer, Joanna Young choreographer/performer, Nicolette Macleod musician/sound designer and Saffy Setohy. Bodies of Water will premiere with Findhorn Bay Arts at the James Milne Institute on Saturday 21st September 2019, before touring to places and communities in Scotland.

People and environment are at the heart of the work. Explored through choreography, movement, sound, visual art and participatory practices, Bodies of Water aims to draw connections between our experiences as humans made mostly of water, our relationship to it personally, politically, environmentally, and the materiality of water (its choreographic, sculptural and sound potential). Underpinning the work, is an understanding that if we can connect to and inhabit the realities of our bodies and experiences, we will relate to and more easily consider our environment, our communities and the challenges that we face.

The artists expanded their choreographic practice to include walking and moving, drawing, writing, arranging, making, reading and sounding. Their research has ranged over diverse terrain; their felt sense and memories of water in their environment and bodies, the body as a container and vessel, water filtration, deep mapping, deep time, geological processes, plastic pollution, ‘artificial’ nature, the materiality of water in its liquid, solid and gaseous states. They have developed the work in Forres, Findhorn, Dunbar and Glasgow, sharing ideas with audiences along the way. They were part of the exhibition, TIDE:Dialogues of Change in Dunbar, presenting traces of their research in a range of media.  They also facilitated a creative walk as part of the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival.

Platform Easterhouse, GlasgowSaturday 12th October, 1pm & 4pm

www.platform-online.co.uk/ 0141 276 9696 [Opt 1]

Image Credit: Julia Bauer

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Lisa Stansfield Comes to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 30th Anniversary Tour

Lisa Stansfield announces a run of dates in October and November 2019 to mark the 30th anniversary release of her debut solo album ‘Affection’.

“At the beginning, there was a little bit of fear about it, but we thought ‘F*ck it, let’s get on with it and see what happens’.”

What happened was a multi-platinum album that, on its release in 1989, went onto sell over 5 million copies worldwide, winning 3 BRIT Awards, 2 Ivor Novello Awards, a Silver Clef Award, an ASCAP Award and, overseas, a Billboard Music Award, a World Music Award, and 2 Grammy nominations. Its singles ‘All Around The World’ (which did indeed become massive across the globe), ‘What Did I Do To You’, ‘Live Together’, ‘You Can’t Deny It’ and ‘This Is The Right Time’ exploded onto the airwaves and introduced Lisa and her unique brand of soul, R&B and Brit-house to the masses.

Now, on its 30th anniversary, the album will be celebrated with a tour that will see Lisa and her prodigious band perform the hits and more from ‘Affection’, alongside favourites and classics from Lisa’s seven subsequent solo records.

I feel enormously proud of ‘Affection’. I said it then and I’ll say it now. To have a part of yourself floating around out there for everyone to enjoy and knowing so many people still do enjoy it is a huge compliment. The response it has to this day still inspires me to keep pulling music and emotion from myself and share it with others if they want to share it with me. It feels right to celebrate it. Life is a cycle and music is like that. Right now, in this current climate, ‘Affection’ makes complete sense.” Lisa Stansfield

Mon 28 October 2019        Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Most recently earMUSIC announced the release of the Deluxe edition of Lisa Stansfield’s 2018 album ‘Deeper’. Originally released in April 2018 the record, Lisa’s eighth studio album, was acclaimed on its release and charted at number 15 in the UK Official Album Chart. This deluxe edition includes the original 13 tracks, plus an 80 minute bonus CD including 4 brand new live recordings, remixes of ‘Billionaire’, ‘Deeper’ and ‘Never Ever’ as well as a new version of ‘There Goes My Heart (Again)’ from the 2014 album ‘Seven’. Remixes of ‘Never Ever’ charted as the #1 most added song in the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart.

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: KELVIN JONES TO SUPPORT KOVIC ON UK TOUR COMING TO THE GARAGE in OCTOBER

Zimbabwean born, UK raised singer-songwriter Kelvin Jones will support pop artist Kovic, on his 2019 October UK tour.

As one of the busiest and most highly sought after live artists, Kelvin’s global success all started with the viral, and certified gold, single ‘Call You Home’. With multiple international syncs (including a CenturyLink commercial aired during the Superbowl and a spot on the UK TV show Cold Feet), he features as the sound of Nescafe Poland (view the commercial HERE) and is also the voice of eBay Germany’s 20th anniversary campaign.

On this tour Kelvin will perform hits from his debut album ‘Stop the Moment’, and will premiere tracks from his upcoming 2020 album, including the huge BBC Introducing championed current single ‘Lights On’. Audiences can expect a show-stopping set as recently seen at Oceanfest.

When asked about touring Kelvin said: “Doing the tour last year and seeing how almost every show was sold out… It’s like this visible sign that I’m on the right track,” he explains. “How the songs translated live was a big factor when I was writing the material for my new album. I wanted the songs to live outside the studio, and for fans to be able to sing along to them.” This year alone, Kelvin has toured as main support with Amy Shark, Nico Santos and Alvaro Soler, as well as his own headline shows, playing to hundreds of thousands of people across Europe.

‘Lights On’ signals Kelvin’s triumphant return, and a deeper exploration of his pop potential. Speaking about what inspired him to write ‘Lights On’, Kelvin says that; “It’s is the reason I make music. The main line; ‘I’m gonna love you with the lights on’ is, about not hiding someone’s past, flaws, or hurts, but seeing them fully and loving them anyway. Without going into detail, I went through several things that left me starving to shout this out to the world. My aim with all my new material is to put something real there, something that people can connect with and be moved by. And the fact that I get a lump in my throat when I sing ‘Lights On’ makes me feel confident that other people will have the same experience”

As is evident, Kelvin’s schedule is moving at breakneck speeds with no sign of slowing leading up to his second album and a full band tour. While his debut album is one that any young artist would be proud of, Kelvin has evidently pushed himself even further with his new music – both vocally and lyrically. “I feel each song on this record will stand out on its own,” he says, “rather than there being a big overarching theme. It’s a snapshot of how I feel now.”

Soulful ballads are just one facet of an album that will showcase Kelvin’s unique understanding of what music fans crave in 2019: songs they can relate to, of course, but also ones that make them forget their troubles. “When I toured last year I realised I had one box ticked, which was that I could see couples holding hands,” Kelvin says, adding with a laugh: “But what I really wanted to do was write a song that made people dance their asses off!”

His second gold single was presented on June 15th 2019 for his number 1 hit “Only Thing We Know” co-written and performed with Alle Farben, and helped bolster his monthly listens on Spotify into the millions, with overall listening figures in the hundreds of millions.

Growing up listening to Oasis, Kelvin developed an ear for massive choruses and big hooks… “songs you can’t help but sing along to”. Years later, he saw Ed Sheeran live and admired the way he got the crowds singing along to every word: “Being able to write songs that people connect with that much, that’s what I wanted to do,” he says.

Kelvin supporting Kovic:

October 12th– The Garage, Glasgow

 

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Judith Owen Announces 2019 UK Tour

Following from her critically acclaimed 2018 album ‘redisCOVERed’, firebrand singer-songwriter and pianist Judith Owen has announced a set of October UK dates, where she will be showcasing her unique interpretations of classic hits as part of her ‘Ego Non Karaoke – I don’t do karaoke’ shows.

“I can’t believe it’s been over two years since I last toured the UK,” says Judith. “I’ve travelled the world in support of ‘redisCOVERed’, (and even learnt to swear in multiple languages), but nothing compares to coming home and sharing the new songs and stories with my British fans and friends…”

On redisCOVERed, Judith garnered critical praise for her reimagining’s of a diverse catalogue of tracks (Soundgarden’s breakthrough hit ‘Black Hole Sun’, Grease’s ‘Summer Nights’ and Deep Purples’ ‘Smoke on the Water’ to name a few) with the Daily Express saying she “has the ability to make a song her own,” in their four star review of her album. Judith’s talent stretches beyond the musical, her ability to empathise with a song and its writer allows her to place herself within its story, turning its narrative on its head and completely changing the meaning behind the lyrics.

Her biggest test, was seeing herself within the very modern hip-hop of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’. “I said to Harry [Shearer, her husband], ‘choose the most extreme thing; something contemporary that you would think I could not relate to,’” she says. “But of course I can because I’ve been in that place where I was constantly waiting for the phone call that would come from the guy who would call me only when there was no one better to be around. That song became more of a torch song. That’s absolutely a woman’s song if ever there was one.”

Judith Owen – Tour Dates

October 2019

Wednesday 9th – Black Box, Belfast

Thursday 10th – CCA, Glasgow

Friday 18th – Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury

Saturday 19th – Pizza Express, Birmingham

Sunday 20th – Acapela, Cardiff

Monday 21st – Greystones, Sheffield

Tuesday 22nd – The Stables, Milton Keynes

Wednesday 23rd – The Electric Theatre, Guildford

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER 2019 – Pantheon present Johnny McKnight, Douglas Maxwell and DC Jackson’s Small Town at Websters

Pantheon are back at Webster’s Theatre Glasgow with the Scottish Comedy SMALLTOWN by Johnny McKnight, Douglas Maxwell and DC Jackson.

Smalltown is a dark, dynamic and delightfully outrageous wee Scottish comedy telling the story of what happens when contaminated water ‘Rabbie Juice’ causes extraordinary events to happen to ordinary people, unleashing all sorts of comedic carnage along the way; from rag-dolling on Girvan beach, to the release of animal passions in Stewarton, to the containment of a Zombie in a freezer in an Ardrossan café.

Find yourself trapped in three separate stories of Smalltown life, before you, the audience, vote to decide how the story ends; making for a truly memorable evening of entertainment.

Tickets (including Webster’s booked fee):

• Tuesday 8th Oct 7.30pm – £13.50 (Conc. £11.50)
• Wednesday 9th Oct 1.30pm – £11.50 (Conc. £11.50)
• Wednesday 9th Oct 7.30pm – £14.50 (Conc. £12.50)
• Thursday 10th Oct 7.30pm – £14.50 (Conc. £12.50)
• Friday 11th Oct 7.30pm – £15.50 (Conc. £13.50)
• Saturday 12th Oct 2.30pm – £14.50 (Conc. £12.50)
• Saturday 12th Oct 7.30pm – £15.50 – (Conc. £13.50)

Recommended 14+ due to adult themes and strong language.

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER 2019 – What’s In A Name at the Theatre Royal

Father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna are invited to dinner by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. They are joined by childhood friend Carl for a mature and sophisticated gathering.

The meal is lovingly prepared, and wine carefully selected. The friends are prepared for the usual humorous exchanges they’ve come to expect.

But tonight, a startling revelation about the name chosen for Vincent’s and Anna’s expected child becomes the catalyst for a destructive argument which spirals hysterically out of control. Tonight no one is holding back! Egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings are relentlessly and hilariously exposed for the first time.

This comic masterpiece is adapted by British theatre director, writer and translator Jeremy Sams from award-winning French film and stage sensation Le Prénom, this international smash hit has played over 30 countries and is now on its first ever UK tour.

Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas will play the central character of Vincent. He’ll be joined by familiar TV face James Lance, along with West End stars, Summer Strallen and Alex Gaumond.

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Tue 1 – Sat 5 Oct 2019
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK
Tue – Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
Age guidance 12+

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 – Rapture Theatre presents Clybourne Park

“How many white men does it take to change a light bulb?” 

Rapture Theatre Presents: CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris 

Rapture Theatre, after its critically acclaimed productions of The Red Lion and A Streetcar Named Desire, makes a welcome return.

It’s 1959 and President Eisenhower is in the White House. Bev and Russ are moving after the tragic death of their son, and they have inadvertently sold their house to the neighbourhood’s first black family.

Fifty years later, in 2009, with the first Black President just having taken office, a young white couple buy the same house in what is now a predominantly black neighbourhood.

In both instances, racial tensions escalate, the stakes are raised and the play asks the question: have our attitudes to race really changed?

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize,Tony and Olivier Award for Best Play and hailed as “shockingly entertaining” and “appallingly funny”, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race.

The cast features Robin Kingsland (Rapture’s The Browning Version and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), popular Scottish performer Jackie Morrison, leading Royal Shakespeare Company actress Frances McNamee, Adelaide Obeng (Not Bound Within  for The Albany ), Benjamin Stratton (The 39 Steps), Jack Lord (War Horse for National Theatre), Steven Scott Fitzgerald (The Browning Version) and Vinta Morgan (The Merchant of Venice for Almedia Theatre).

THE VILLAGE THEATRE East Kilbride 07 Sep
THEATRE ROYAL DUMFRIES  Dumfries 10 Sep
BEACON ARTS CENTRE  Greenock 12 Sep
LANARK MEMORIAL HALL  Lanark 13 Sep
 FTH
 Falkirk 17 Sep
 MOTHERWELL THEATRE
 Motherwell  18 Sep
 THE BRUNTON
Musselburgh 20 Sep
 HOWDEN ARTS CENTRE
 Livingston 24 Sep
EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE Giffnock 25 Sep
 ADAM SMITH THEATRE Kirkcaldy 27 Sep
MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE Stirling 28 Sep
EDEN COURT Inverness 01 Oct
TRAVERSE  Edinburgh 03 – 05 Oct
CORRAN HALLS Oban 07 Oct
BYRE THEATRE  St Andrews 10 – 11 Oct
PALACE THEATRE Kilmarnock 12 Oct